After your First visit, when all the information including exams, forms, and x-rays (if needed) are complete, you and Dr. Hsu will discuss your individualized written treatment plan. This explanation will serve as your “map” along your “road to recovery.” The discussion will include short- and long-term goal planning, and answers to the following four questions:
- What’s wrong?
- How can we treat it?
- How long will it take?
- How much will it cost?
Various treatment options will be explained, as well as a recommended course of care. The doctor will also explain the “Three Types of Care” and will assist you in choosing which type of care is right for you:
1. Initial Intensive Phase of Care. Most patients begin with Initial Intensive Care. Visits tend to be frequent (usually 2 – 4 times per week), so that you feel better as quickly as possible. In addition to your adjustments and exercises, the doctor may also recommend other therapies including cold laser therapy, traction, spinal decompression, and massage therapy to help speed recovery and relieve your pain. Depending upon your age, condition, and lifestyle, repeated visits over several weeks may be needed to reduce your symptoms.
2. Rehabilitative Phase of Care. With most of your obvious symptoms gone, the goal of Rehabilitative Care is long-term correction of your condition. Your visit frequency will be reduced, and there will be a greater emphasis on self-care. Even after you’re feeling better, joints, muscles, and other soft tissues can take weeks, or even months, to heal. Continued treatment during this phase will ensure proper healing & recovery and help to prevent a relapse.
3. Wellness Phase of Care. After you’ve recovered, you may choose to schedule regular chiropractic “checkups” to help maintain the improvement you’ve made. Like periodic visits to the dentist or optometrist, wellness care can help catch little problems before they become major concerns. Wellness care is an option that many of our patients choose to feel better, improve athletic performance, prevent injury, and save time and money in the long run. Recommended visit frequency is usually every 3 – 6 weeks, but it can vary depending upon your individual needs and lifestyle.